India in South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI

South Africa v India

South Africa won by 134 runs

All set for the second ODI, a sell-out crowd is expected in Durban. The teams are in the middle and it will be Umesh Yadav to start. Quinton de Kock on strike. Two slips in place

11.20 am The weather, as per Shaun Pollock, should hold up for the duration of the match. He says as long as the breeze keeps flowing, there shouldn't be a worry about rain. Then Pat Symcox tells this old theory how moisture around the ground builds up with tides. He says Kingsmead is built up on reclaimed land - it's close to the beach - and when tide comes in, the water table rises and so does the moisture, aiding bowlers. Interesting.

Devesh Tiwari: "I think Dhoni should have batted. SA usually crumble while chasing, Dhoni should have tested that. Styen is going after Indian batters anyway, it doesn't matter if in the first three hours or the last three. So, Dhoni should look to exploit SA's weakness in chasing, instead of trusting his fast bowlers to get early wickets."

Siddhesh v: "@Devesh, India need to play to their strengths rather than the opponents weaknesses. Their bowlers will need whatever assistance the pitch will provide when its full of moisture, and our batsmen perform at their best chasing, irrespective of what happened in match #1."

11.00 am India have won the toss and they will bowl first. MS Dhoni says the pitch looks drier and should stay the same throughout. Yuvraj is not fit, Rahane comes in. Bowling changes as well. Bhuvi, Mohit are out. Ishant and Umesh are in. AB de Villiers makes one change too; Vernon Philander comes in for Wayne Parnell.

We have no official word on Yuvraj's fitness, but that can't stop anyone from speculating. Here's Rohit: "Yuvraj has got the Chin fever.. i think he was allergic to the grass"

Ahad: "I feel Bhuvi is hard done here. One or two bad games doesn't mean a young bowler of his potential should be dropped. He and Shami are India's best fast bowlers and they need to be given confidence by persisting with them."

Arsalan: "I dont see why SA prefer Tsotsobe over Parnell, when Parnell bowls better than him and is clearly a much better batsmen and with Philander to take the new ball, there obviously is no need for Tsotsobe in the SA line-up."

10.55 am We have news. It's an 1130 start. Toss in five minutes. It will be a 49 overs-a-side match.

Shiny Side: "Maybe if this tour had been longer, Durban would have been able to afford better drainage and India would have had the practice matches they so needed."


While we wait for further news, there's a lot more action going on in the Ranji trophy in India. Saurabh Tiwary, the leading run-scorer in this Ranji season, is in the middle at the Wankhede. Can he defy defending champions Mumbai again, after his first-innings 238? Catch up updates here.
10.20 am The 10.20 inspection has pushed the next inspection by another 20 minutes. So we wait. Till 10.40 am.

Joseph: "Why is cricket not played in the rain? players scared their maskara will run"

keaton: "Why isn't cricket played in the rain? you ask. Well, for the same reason why F1 isn't played on ice and football isn't played in a swimming pool. Just cannot. Will not be the same."

10.00 am There will be an inspection at 10.20 am, that is 20 minutes from now. The big island of sawdust is slowly being cleared at the moment.

Waseem: "Didn't realize you need a dry outfield for a toss...Somebody planning to run around with the coin?"

sameer: "Waseem delaying toss just before the match can be started gives captain to take decision based on current condition , rain forecast or no. of overs per side etc."

Raman: "I have never understood how sawdust can help with removing water from the outfield. Can anyone explain?" ---- Wood has high wettability and when you use sawdust, you basically increase the surface area of it exponentially, allows the micropores to suck in the liquid. It's used to contain oil spills as well.

Clifton: "@Devashish thanks a lot for the information about saw dust. Could you please pass the same to the bowling department of Indian team? They could use some saw dust to soak some of the run flow...."

Jiten Surtani: "@Clifton: the run flow during India's bowling is like dew... you can use the best towels in the world, the best super soppers, but still the dew remains there !!!"

9.30 am The first bit of news is that the Toss is delayed because of wet infield. "There is a huge patch of sawdust around backward square leg for a right-hand batsman at Umgeni end. It didn't rain much yesterday, so it is surprising how much water the outfield has taken. However, the past week has been pretty wet," says Sid Monga, who is at the ground.

Not likely to be a long delay though. Toss expected at 10 am.

shiva kiran: "Steyn using pretty much the same words as warner did after the first Ashes test. As an Indian fan I hope the Indians don't let Steyn do what Johnson did at the second test."

Vignesh: "How come no one seems to compliment the way Dhoni played the last game? For a guy supposedly low on technique he counter attacked very well.. I think he should come up the order at 4.." --- Well, he practically comes at no. 4 these days, isn't it?

Shahed: "I guess a shorter game is more to India's benefit. Having said that, I do believe Indian batsmen have the talent to counter-punch the SAFs. I hope they demonstrate the application required. Whether it is Umesh coming back or both Umesh and Ishant, India need to attack more with the new ball, and possibly have Shami at one end when opening."

9.15 am Green, in the middle of the colour spectrum, is supposed to be a soothing colour, it puts the eyes to rest. In this short, but important tour, India didn't get much time to rest their eyes as Dale Steyn-led pace attack gave them an eye-opener. Did that scare the young Indian fearless batsmen? Virat Kohli said it didn't, although he did talk about the importance of warm-up games of which there were none this time (Anybody listening?). Somewhere in the corner, the Indian bowlers must be relieved that even after giving away 358 runs, they are not the focus of attention. The big serves will keep coming along today as South Africa have prepared another green welcome, but will the Indians be able to return?

Manish, from Hyderabad, has something to say: "Have been waiting for this 2nd ODI.. its normally the 2nd international game onwards that Team India normally finds its mojo on overseas tours.. The feeling i get here is Umesh is coming in for Mohit/Bhuvi and we are due a big one from Virat/Dhawan.. Though I have to say Rohit was downright disappointing.."

maulik: "Rohit (apart from Kohli) was the only batsman who was determined not to throw away his wicket... a bit more application from all the other batsmen would help us..." ---- And Maulik is not alone in handing his support for Rohit, as per the feedback. What a change from six months ago!

Chirag: "Although the 'middle' is green, we would be getting to see the Indian batsman moving around the entire 'spectrum'...." --- it does make for a good viewing I must say, better than edges ending up as sixes and fours

Arumugham: "I agree with Chirag, Rohit a year back would have got out sixteen times before he got off the mark in last game. His determination and Steyn's persistence was fantastic viewing. Irrespective of the results, we want more of SAvInd.."

0.1

Yadav to de Kock, no run, length delivery, angled across the batsman, no swing on that one, it goes to the keeper at 137 kph

A leg slip is in place as well

0.2

Yadav to de Kock, no run, gets this one to curve in to the batsman from short of length, de Kock tries to whip it to the leg side, but gets hit on high on the thigh pad

0.3

Yadav to de Kock, 1 run, bowls it full and wide, it's a yorker and the batsman digs it out to cover for a quick single

Three slips for Amla

0.4

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, he shuffles across the crease and dabs the full delivery to the right of midwicket for an easy single

0.5

Yadav to de Kock, no run, bowls on the length and headed to the off stump, the batsman defends it off the back foot towards square leg

0.6

Yadav to de Kock, no run, first one that beats the bat. This one is slightly short in length and keeps going away with the angle as de Kock plays inside the line

Abhishek: "I agree with dropping Bhuvi. Dhoni does not drop his bowlers just because they go for runs. He says it's ok to miss the spot, bowl wrong lines and lengths sometimes. But what is important is by how much you miss them. Bhuvi was constantly bowling short and on middle-leg."

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
Q de Kock    1* (5b)      UT Yadav    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    1* (1b)     

Mohammad Shami has been handed the new ball

1.1

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, he stays back in the crease to a length delivery on off stump and defends it to midwicket. There was some shape on that delivery, but not excessive

1.2

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, length delivery just outside off, 141 kph, Amla comes forward and defends solidly

Three slips in place in this over too

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 1 wide, he loses direction on this one, fires it down the leg side

1.3

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 2 runs, gets this one to cut in from a length, but Amla stays on the back foot and wrists it away between midwicket and square leg. The outfield slows it down

1.4

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 1 run, fuller length delivery and comes in after pitching, Amla keeps his bat close to the pads, and drops it towards cover for a quick single

1.5

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 leg bye, length delivery on the pads at 138 kph, the batsman misses his flick shot, gets hit on the pads and it rolls behind square on the leg side

1.6

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, nice one to end the over from Shami. It pitches just back of length and seams away to beat the outside edge

End of over 2 (5 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
HM Amla    4* (6b)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    1* (6b)      UT Yadav    1-0-2-0

2.1

Yadav to de Kock, no run, keeps pitching it up and draws the batsman forward. De Kock drives it down the pitch and the bowler does the fielding

2.2

Yadav to de Kock, FOUR, another fuller delivery, a half-volley this time, and de Kock drives it down the ground, past the non-striker. Excellent shot

2.3

Yadav to de Kock, no run, immediately shortens the length and de Kock has to go on the back foot to defend it back to the bowler

Shantanu Agrawal: "I hope I am not saying this too soon but I feel like Dhoni is a different captain when he is overseas .He takes his time to read the conditions and that is one of the reasons India does not do very well overseas.I agree that he cannot do much about the batsmen but the bowlers don't do as much as the opposition and that is because Dhoni sets up the plans for all the bowlers."

2.4

Yadav to de Kock, no run, another quick short delivery, but the direction is not right as the batsman watches it fly to the keeper over his left shoulder

2.5

Yadav to de Kock, FOUR, another short ball, this time on the body, but de Kock was ready for that and slaps it in the air past square leg

2.6

Yadav to de Kock, no run, fuller delivery this time, the batsman comes forward and punches it to mid-on

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
Q de Kock    9* (12b 2x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    4* (6b)      Mohammed Shami    1-0-4-0

And immediately a change in bowling as Ishant Sharma comes in to replace Shami

3.1

I Sharma to Amla, no run, starts off with a length delivery outside off, gets good carry on it as well after Amla leaves it alone

3.2

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, length delivery outside off, 135 kph, it cuts away after pitching but Amla steers it down to third man with ease

Saad Parekh: "Its clear that the loss in Johanesburg has gotten to India. Some rash selections here. Sure, Ishant sharma would have been useful in Johanessburg, but with overcast and winging condition, I can't understand why they dropped both swing bowlers here."

3.3

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, back of length delivery to de Kock, who defends it solidly off the back foot

First impressions of the pitch show that it's not as quick as the one in Wanderers, nor is the ball swinging that much.

3.4

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, big leading edge from the batsman as he tries to flick this one towards the leg side, but gets an edge past the third slip fielder

3.5

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, length delivery outside off and Amla dabs it in front of point and calls for a quick single

3.6

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, length ball on the pads, 136 kph, and the batsman clips it behind square on the leg side for quick single

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
Q de Kock    11* (15b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    6* (9b)      UT Yadav    2-0-10-0

Another change, Shami changes ends and replaces Umesh.

4.1

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, bowls a fuller delivery at 144 kph outside off, the batsman pushes it firmly to mid-off

4.2

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 2 runs, oh this is beautifully punched through cover, on the up, but the ball slows down towards the boundary. The batsman trusting that it's not going to swing much...

4.3

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, draws the outside edge but this falls short of Ashwin at first slip! It was short of length delivery and seamed away sharply, squaring up the batsman completely, but it drops well short of Ashwin

4.4

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, length delivery on off, 141 kph, the batsman punches it to mid-on

Suresh Raja: ""First impressions of the pitch show that it's not as quick as the one in Wanderers, nor is the ball swinging that much." - Applicable only for Indian Bowling. When SA comes, it changes!!!!"

4.5

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery outside off at 138 kph, the batsman pulls it, but doesn't get much timing on that, straight to midwicket

4.6

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, back of length on the stumps, the batsman whips it straight to square leg this time

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
Q de Kock    13* (21b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-6-0
HM Amla    6* (9b)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0

5.1

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, length delivery on off, 136 kph, the batsman stays in the crease and pushes it wide of the mid-off fielder to pick up a quick single

samir: "Is there any other better batsmen than Amla who can rotate the strike so fluently in the first 10 overs??No wonder, despite the lack of big-hitting, his Strike rate is usually above the 80s"

5.2

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, another quick single, this time de Kock dabs it towards cover off the back foot and calls early

5.3

I Sharma to Amla, no run, he stays on the back foot and punches a rising delivery to cover, but the fielder dives to his left to prevent runs

5.4

I Sharma to Amla, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Amla is not so keen to come forward but punches it comfortably to mid-on

5.5

I Sharma to Amla, no run, length delivery on off, Amla sticks to the back foot and punches it on the up to cover

5.6

I Sharma to Amla, FOUR, another outside edge, but the batsman was went hard at this one and it flew through the vacant third slip area quickly and down to the third man boundary. It was slightly short and wide and asked to be hit

End of over 6 (6 runs) South Africa 27/0 (RR: 4.50)
HM Amla    11* (14b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0
Q de Kock    14* (22b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    2-0-6-0

6.1

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it on the up back to the bowler, who picks it up and fires it back at the stumps, and misses

6.2

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, de Kock gets up on his toes and pushes it back to the bowler

6.3

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 wide, attempts a short delivery, but this one sails over the head of the batsman and goes to Dhoni after a bounce..

6.3

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 run, gets up on his toes and drags the short of length delivery behind square on the leg side to pick up a single

Mahesh Balaji: "The ardent but knowledgeable Indian cricket fan doesnt expect a win from both the ODI and Test series but a decent-enough fight by the currently No.1 ranked team, albeit the rank was mostly acquired from wins in the subcontinent.. And for ODI's, I believe that today's is the best team that can do it.."

6.4

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 2 runs, on the pads at 136 kph. Amla stays in the crease and clips it to deep backward square leg with ease for a couple

6.5

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, keeps it tight on off stump and the batsman can only defend it back to the bowler

Rukshan Senanayake: "India probably has the best batting line up right now in world cricket but they lack bowling variety. Yes they might have chased down 350+ in India twice but come the world cup in Aus, it will be a repeat of the current SA tour. They will lack bowling discipline and variety and the batsman will not be able to chase down scores so freely as they did in India. Plenty to think about..."

6.6

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, no swing for Shami, but he is bowling an accurate line here. Keeps it on off stump and Amla pushes it to mid-on off the back foot

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 31/0 (RR: 4.42)
HM Amla    13* (17b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    3-0-10-0
Q de Kock    15* (25b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0

7.1

I Sharma to de Kock, FOUR, length delivery on off and de Kock, with all that confidence, just comes forward and punches it on the up down the ground. Mid-off was wider and he dived for it, but couldn't stop it from heading to the boundary

Amol: "It seems to be a different Ishant Sharma these first two overs. It may be the conditions, and he certainty hasn't worked on his wrist and seam positioning, but he seems keen not to give away boundaries from ball one. Certainly a positive sign."

7.2

I Sharma to de Kock, 2 runs, short of length delivery, but it's on the pads and is easily flicked fine for a single

7.3

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, length delivery on off stump, 132 kph, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends it solidly

7.4

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, tries to be ambitious in playing this length delivery down the ground without getting closer to the line and is duly beaten by it.

7.5

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, another length delivery on off, the batsman has no room and he pushes it back to the bowler

7.6

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, back of length delivery on the body, the batsman whips it to fine leg to pick up a single

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 38/0 (RR: 4.75)
Q de Kock    22* (31b 3x4)      I Sharma    3-0-17-0
HM Amla    13* (17b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    3-0-10-0

So the official news on Yuvraj Singh is that he has had a back spasm. Ashwin has a cut too, but he will be back soon in the field

8.1

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off but that is half-pulled, half-punched through midwicket, a shot of man high in confidence, that races away

8.2

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, FOUR, follows it up with another super drive down the ground as the bowler corrected with a fuller length

Changes the angle and comes round the wicket

8.3

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, no run, bowls a length delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the back foot

8.4

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 run, too straight this time from Shami and de Kock easily flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

8.5

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, good accurate delivery on off stump that Amla punches to mid-on. But de Kock was setting off and had to return quickly as the throw is fired and it hits the stump direct. it's Jadeja. He gets in well in time

8.6

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 1 run, slightly short in length and too straight, Amla clips it to deep midwicket easily

End of over 9 (10 runs) South Africa 48/0 (RR: 5.33)
HM Amla    14* (19b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    4-0-20-0
Q de Kock    31* (35b 5x4)      I Sharma    3-0-17-0

9.1

I Sharma to Amla, no run, length delivery on off stump, Amla comes forward belatedly and defends it to point

Punhal: "As a Pakistani supporter, I think the problem is that India gets carried away everything they find someone who can bowl reasonably quick. Shami doesn't seem to have much control. At present, Pakistan does not have much pace in their bowling but bowlers like Junaid have tremendous control. Something to consider"

9.2

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, again, he stays on the back foot and punches the length delivery on off stump to the left of cover fielder for a single

9.3

I Sharma to de Kock, FOUR, oh this is awesome! There was nothing wrong with that delivery. Slightly short in length and on off stump, but de Kock whips it with a lot of timing through midwicket, it races away on a slow outfield

9.4

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, a half-hearted appeal as Ishant hits the pads, but that clearly pitched outside the leg stump line

9.5

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, now he finds the gap at wide mid-off with an on-the-up punch. Umesh from mid-off chases that and stops it while rolling in the sawdust.. looks like a beach there

Just one slip now

9.6

I Sharma to Amla, FOUR, and Amla opens up this time. It was a length delivery but there was width on it, Amla stays on the back foot and those silky hands generate a lot of power in punching it through cover point

End of over 10 (10 runs) South Africa 58/0 (RR: 5.80)
HM Amla    19* (22b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-27-0
Q de Kock    36* (38b 6x4)      Mohammed Shami    4-0-20-0

Straightaway, it's time for Ashwin. Just one slip in place as he comes round the wicket to de Kock

10.1

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, flighted delivery on off, the batsman defends it with an open face to point

10.2

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, tossed up on off, he comes forward and pushes it to cover

10.3

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, more air by Ashwin, the batsman drives it to deep extra cover with ease for a single

10.4

Ashwin to Amla, no run, he continues round the wicket to Amla, who defends the loopy delivery off the back foot

10.5

Ashwin to Amla, 2 runs, and he charges the next ball to launch it over the bowler's head! He didn't get to the pitch of it and didn't time it too well either, but the ball stops just before the boundary after losing it's kinetic energy on impact with the damp turf

10.6

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and whips the length delivery to midwicket

Shankar: "I feel the script unveiling at Durban now is the same that happened a couple of days back... With the carnage JP and AB can inflict and the daunting task of negotiating Steyn & Co, I think MS has probably got his decision wrong once again..."

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 62/0 (RR: 5.63)
HM Amla    22* (25b 2x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    37* (41b 6x4)      I Sharma    4-0-27-0

Sign of things: Suresh Raina comes in to bowl

11.1

Raina to Amla, no run, bowls it flatter and the batsman punches it to cover off the back foot

11.2

Raina to Amla, 1 run, he waits in the crease for this to turn in slightly, then punches it to long off with ease

11.3

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, this one is well short, but there isn't much pace on it either. De Kock slaps it to deep midwicket

11.4

Raina to Amla, no run, punches it to cover off the back foot

Gangulian: "SA after first 10 Overs in 1st ODI: 53/0 SA after first 10 Overs in 2nd ODI: 58/0 #Improvement #RespectForIndianBowlers"

11.5

Raina to Amla, no run, waits on the back foot and punches this length delivery firmly, but can't beat cover

11.6

Raina to Amla, no run, slower and tossed up, Amla comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 64/0 (RR: 5.33)
HM Amla    23* (30b 2x4)      SK Raina    1-0-2-0
Q de Kock    38* (42b 6x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0

12.1

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, slower and loopy, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep cover for a single

12.2

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, bowls it shorter and flatter, Amla whips it to deep midwicket with a wristy flick

12.3

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, slower and tossed up, the batsman waits for it to come, then turns it to short fine leg for a single

12.4

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, on the pads again, it's clipped to backward square leg for another single

12.5

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, lots of air on this one and de Kock drives it down the ground to long on

12.6

Ashwin to Amla, FOUR, this was slightly quicker and outside off, Amla went back to cut it, but gets a thick outside edge that runs down fine

End of over 13 (9 runs) South Africa 73/0 (RR: 5.61)
HM Amla    29* (33b 3x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-0
Q de Kock    41* (45b 6x4)      SK Raina    1-0-2-0

13.1

Raina to de Kock, no run, fuller and tossed up, the batsman defends it to cover

13.2

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, shorter and quicker, de Kock wanted to hoick it over midwicket, but doesn't get any timing, plays it to the left of the fielder

13.3

Raina to Amla, no run, he waits on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler

13.4

Raina to Amla, no run, tossed up and straight on off, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

13.5

Raina to Amla, 1 run, flatter delivery on off, the batsman punches it to long off for a single

13.6

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, slower and shorter, de Kock punches it firmly to deep cover for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) South Africa 76/0 (RR: 5.42)
Q de Kock    43* (48b 6x4)      SK Raina    2-0-5-0
HM Amla    30* (36b 3x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-0

14.1

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, too straight this time from Ashwin, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

14.2

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up wide outside off, the batsman stretches forward and drives it to deep cover

14.3

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, there are shouts of catch it as Amla comes out of the crease and lofts this one towards long on. But it drops well short of the fielder

14.4

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, tossed up and slow on off, the batsman defends it down the pitch

MrGarreth: "Amla looks so happy playing the mentoring role to de Kock. Generally he is very dead pan at the crease with not much to say and very little emotion."

14.5

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, slow and flighted on off, the batsman punches it down the ground to long off

14.6

Ashwin to Amla, FOUR, he tossed it up but gave room outside off as well, Amla just launches it with ease over the infield with an inside out shot

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 83/0 (RR: 5.53)
HM Amla    35* (38b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-20-0
Q de Kock    45* (52b 6x4)      SK Raina    2-0-5-0

15.1

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, comes down the pitch and takes it on the full to drive it to deep midwicket

15.2

Raina to Amla, 1 run, he goes deep in the crease and punches it to long off for a single

15.3

Raina to de Kock, 2 runs, he gets an outside edge through gully as he comes forward to drive for a couple

15.4

Raina to de Kock, no run, quicker delivery on the pads and he fails to get it away

15.5

Raina to de Kock, no run, tossed up on off, the batsman pushes it to cover

15.6

Raina to de Kock, 3 runs, on the pads again, this time he flicks it fine on the leg side to continue his good run and get to his half-century

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 90/0 (RR: 5.62)
Q de Kock    51* (57b 6x4)      SK Raina    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    36* (39b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-20-0

16.1

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up on off, and slow at 82 kph, the batsman dabs it to cover for a quick single

16.2

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, it's on the pads and Amla goes on the back foot to clip it to fine leg

16.3

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, good loopy delivery from Ashwin, de Kock comes forward and defends

16.4

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, and he again presents forward defence to a flighted delivery

16.5

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, only slightly short and the batsman went on the back foot to cut it, but gets a thick outside edge that drops short of point

16.6

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, he is squared up as he tries to whip the length delivery to the on side, but picks up a single to point

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 93/0 (RR: 5.47)
Q de Kock    53* (62b 6x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-23-0
HM Amla    37* (40b 4x4)      SK Raina    3-0-12-0

17.1

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, de Kock stands up tall and punches it to long off for a single

17.2

Raina to Amla, 1 run, and they keep picking up singles with ease, this time it's pushed to long on

17.3

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, flatter and shorter outside off, now de Kock punches it to long on

Bilal: "Is this the same de Kock who converts every 50+ score into a hundred?"

17.4

Raina to Amla, no run, he stays in the crease and punches it straight to cover

17.5

Raina to Amla, no run, makes room and tries to punch it past cover, but can't beat the fielder

17.6

Raina to Amla, 1 run, no movement of the feet from Amla, but his quick hands make sure it goes quickly to the fielder at long off

Varun Aneet Singh: "The difference between Indian spin attack and the Pakistan spin attack (which put South Africa under so much pressure) is that when the Indian spinners are attacked even a bit, they stop flighting the ball and bowl quick which is not the same with Pakistan. A spinner's strength is giving the ball flight and deceiving the batsman in the air, which is not at all the case with Indian spinners. Ashwin tries everything (like changing the action and all) but doesn't give the ball enough flight."

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 97/0 (RR: 5.38)
HM Amla    39* (44b 4x4)      SK Raina    4-0-16-0
Q de Kock    55* (64b 6x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-23-0

MrGarreth: "If Amla gets to 4000 runs today he will be the fastest in history to that mark beating Viv Richards 88 innings" ---- He is 20 away. Virat Kohli comes in now

18.1

Kohli to Amla, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman punches it to cover

18.2

Kohli to Amla, 1 run, slower and fuller on off, the batsman drives it to wide long off for a single

Rakshit: "This is abysmal, embarrassing cricket by the Indians. Nothing seems to be happening and we could see another runaway score, another 150-odd defeat. Something somewhere is unbelievably wrong.."

18.3

Kohli to de Kock, 2 runs, he comes round the wicket, but it's pushed to long on with soft hands and they come back for second to bring up another 100 of their partnership

18.4

Kohli to de Kock, no run, he tries to whip this one to the leg side, but gets a leading edge back to the bowler

18.5

Kohli to de Kock, no run, straighter this time, the batsman punches it back to the bowler

18.6

Kohli to de Kock, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off, de Kock goes forward and with a wristy flick, turns it to deep square leg and it's drinks

End of over 19 (4 runs) South Africa 101/0 (RR: 5.31)
Q de Kock    58* (68b 6x4)      V Kohli    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    40* (46b 4x4)      SK Raina    4-0-16-0

19.1

Raina to de Kock, 2 runs, short of length and outside off, cut firmly to sweeper cover and they take two quickly

19.2

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, full on leg this time, swept to short fine leg and they go for a quick single again. It's hit the stumps as Dhoni collected the ball and sent it through his legs but Amla is well inside

19.3

Raina to Amla, 1 run, short of length outside off and turns in, pushed to long-on for one

19.4

Raina to de Kock, no run, flatter on middle, turned straight to midwicket

19.5

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, short of length outside off, de Kock stays back and pulls it hard to long-on

19.6

Raina to Amla, no run, turns in after pitching on middle, Amla defends it to midwicket

End of over 20 (5 runs) South Africa 106/0 (RR: 5.30)
HM Amla    41* (48b 4x4)      SK Raina    5-0-21-0
Q de Kock    62* (72b 6x4)      V Kohli    1-0-4-0

Here's a stat for you: The last time SA openers added 100 runs in two consecutive ODIs was against Australia and Scotland in the 2007 World Cup

20.1

Kohli to de Kock, 2 runs, angled in and on the leg stump, helped to short fine leg and Ashwin misfields there to give them two

20.2

Kohli to de Kock, 1 run, on middle this time, pushed down straight down the wicket for one

20.3

Kohli to Amla, 1 run, back of length and coming in from outside off, turned to deep square leg off the hips

20.4

Kohli to de Kock, 1 run, short and wide outside off, de Kock cuts hard to Ishant in the deep

20.5

Kohli to Amla, no run, on length and around off, Amla defends it back to Kohli

20.6

Kohli to Amla, no run, from wide of the crease and full outside off, driven straight to cover

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 111/0 (RR: 5.28)
HM Amla    42* (51b 4x4)      V Kohli    2-0-9-0
Q de Kock    66* (75b 6x4)      SK Raina    5-0-21-0

21.1

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, on length outside off, pushed down to long-off for one

21.2

Raina to Amla, FOUR, on length outside off, Amla goes back and powers it on the off side with a backfoot drive to pierce the gap between cover and extra cover for four

21.3

Raina to Amla, 1 run, outside off again and pushed down to long-off for one

21.4

Raina to de Kock, FOUR, pitches it up and de Kock dances down to flick it over the infield for four on the leg side. Good use of the feet and he lofted it flamingo style

21.5

Raina to de Kock, no run, slightly flighted outside off, pushed down

21.6

Raina to de Kock, 1 run, back of length on middle and leg, tucked to deep midwicket

End of over 22 (11 runs) South Africa 122/0 (RR: 5.54)
Q de Kock    72* (79b 7x4)      SK Raina    6-0-32-0
HM Amla    47* (53b 5x4)      V Kohli    2-0-9-0

22.1

Kohli to de Kock, 1 run, on length on the stumps, pushed down to long-on for one

22.2

Kohli to Amla, no run, full on middle from wide of the crease, driven back to Kohli

22.3

Kohli to Amla, 1 run, on length outside off, driven down firmly to long-off

22.4

Kohli to de Kock, FOUR, full toss on off and de Kock launches it over midwicket for four! 'Catch it' said Dhoni but it was far from Raina at midwicket

22.5

Kohli to de Kock, 1 run, back of length delivery, tucked to short fine leg for one

22.6

Kohli to Amla, 1 run, on length outside off, driven down to long-off for one and another useful over or SA

End of over 23 (8 runs) South Africa 130/0 (RR: 5.65)
HM Amla    49* (56b 5x4)      V Kohli    3-0-17-0
Q de Kock    78* (82b 8x4)      SK Raina    6-0-32-0

Ashwin is back, from over the stumps

23.1

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, and Amla gets to his half-century with a easy push to long on. Loud cheer from his home crowd

23.2

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, he comes forward and eases it to deep cover for a single

23.3

Ashwin to Amla, FOUR, now he waits for this slightly shorter one and smashes it through extra cover for yet another boundary

SA's run rate has gone past six an over now

23.4

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, bowls it with a pause, but the batsman easily clips it to deep square leg for a single

23.5

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, tossed up and slower outside off, the batsman defends it to point

23.6

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, another one of those bowled with a pause, but it's short and quick outside off, de Kock flat bats it to deep midwicket

Amla will be the fastest to 4000 in ODIs, this is his 81st innings, Viv Richards did it in 88 inns, Kohli 93, Greenidge 96 .. fastest South African at present AB - 103 inns

End of over 24 (8 runs) South Africa 138/0 (RR: 5.75)
Q de Kock    80* (85b 8x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-31-0
HM Amla    55* (59b 6x4)      V Kohli    3-0-17-0

Jadeja finally comes in

24.1

Jadeja to de Kock, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

24.2

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, he comes forward to push it to cover, but gets an inside edge to deep square leg for a single

Abid: "Dhoni@tactics. What is the use to include U Yadav, when he is been given only two overs and now Raina & Kohli already bowled more than him. Frustrating to see the other side of good batting performances."

24.3

Jadeja to Amla, no run, slower and on the middle stump line, the batsman punches it to the bowler

24.4

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he takes a step forward and drives the half volley to long off

24.5

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off, de Kock opens the face and steers it to deep cover

24.6

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, slower and slightly shorter, punched with some power to deep cover for a single

The last time a pair of openers put on a 100-run stand in Durban was in 2002 when Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden scored 170

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 142/0 (RR: 5.68)
HM Amla    57* (62b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    82* (88b 8x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-31-0

25.1

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, he flicks it to backward square leg for a single

25.2

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, he waits for the ball to come in and pushes it to midwicket for an easy single

25.3

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, allows it to turn in, then nudges it away to fine leg for another single

25.4

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman chops it on to point

25.5

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, de Kock works it away to midwicket for a single

25.6

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, bowls a flighed delivery with a pause, but Amla flicks it from off stump to deep midwicket

Gavin Frank: "Totally Embarassing bowling display from the Indians here , the south africans have motored thru the first 25 overs at almost a run a ball. Whats even more pathetic is that this is arguably Indias best bowling attack, I fear this is another 350+ score in the making and another 150 run loss for the indians."

End of over 26 (5 runs) South Africa 147/0 (RR: 5.65)
HM Amla    60* (65b 6x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-36-0
Q de Kock    84* (91b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0

26.1

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, they are not even breaking into sweat, eased to long off for a single

26.2

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, he skips down the track to launch it over the bowler's head, but gets a thick inside edge to backward square leg

26.3

Jadeja to Amla, no run, a loud shout for lbw as Jadeja hits the pads. Amla was looking to work this away to the leg side, and was hit in front of the leg stump. It probably just pitched outside the line of legstump

26.4

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, again, he pushes it through midwicket for a single

26.5

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, now de Kock slaps it to deep midwicket for a single

26.6

Jadeja to Amla, no run, he clips the half-volley behind square, but that goes straight to short fine leg

Siddarth : "This is a bit too long but..One good thing msd is doing is playing to his strengths... the spinners. The problem is our spinners are not strong enough to be a force at all pitches in the world. SA on the other side have pace bowling as a strength and it is good enough to succeed all around the world which justifies their good recent results."

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 151/0 (RR: 5.59)
HM Amla    62* (69b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-8-0
Q de Kock    86* (93b 8x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-36-0

27.1

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, slightly short in length and de Kock cuts it hard to deep point for a single

27.2

Ashwin to Amla, no run, he comes down the pitch, but Ashwin pulls the length back. Amla defends it back to the bowler

27.3

Ashwin to Amla, no run, punches this one with the turn to midwicket

27.4

Ashwin to Amla, no run, bowls it with the pause, and Amla punches this one back at him

27.5

Ashwin to Amla, 1 wide, now tries to be too straight, but this one spins down the leg side

27.5

Ashwin to Amla, no run, very slow, loopy and a lot of turn and bounce on that one, it surprised Amla as he got an inside edge on to his pads

27.6

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, flatter again, it's punched to deep midwicket with ease

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 154/0 (RR: 5.50)
HM Amla    63* (74b 6x4)      R Ashwin    7-0-39-0
Q de Kock    87* (94b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-8-0

28.1

Jadeja to Amla, no run, some turn for Jadeja here, but Amla punches it back to the bowler

28.2

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he makes little room and chops it to backward point for a single

28.3

Jadeja to de Kock, no run, tossed up outside off, the batsman waits and defends it towards point

28.4

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off and de Kock reverse sweeps it, but straight to Ishant at short third man

28.5

Jadeja to Amla, FOUR, oh he clears his front leg out and slog sweeps the full delivery through deep midwicket, it just lands a meter short of the boundary

28.6

Jadeja to Amla, no run, quicker delivery and it hits the pad as the batsman tries to work it to the leg side

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 160/0 (RR: 5.51)
HM Amla    68* (78b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-14-0
Q de Kock    88* (96b 8x4)      R Ashwin    7-0-39-0

29.1

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, again bowls it with a pause, but it causes no effect as it's punched with ease to long on

29.2

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, he stays in the crease and pushes it to deep cover for a single

Garvin: "SO, another century for de Kock, what a bright future awaits him. I can hardly believe he is only 20 years old; he shows such maturity."

29.3

Ashwin to de Kock, no run, oh some turn and bounce again, as it beats the outside edge but bounced over the off stump

29.4

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, he gives himself some room and cuts it hard to deep cover for a single

29.5

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run, full and tossed up on the middle stump line, it's driven to long on for a single

29.6

Ashwin to de Kock, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and nudges one from outside off to midwicket for a single

Matt: "Tell you what, early days but if I were Alviro Peterson or Faf I'd be really wanting a good Test series with de Kock playing so well. Could be seeing him in the whites sooner rather than later if he can keep it up."

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 165/0 (RR: 5.50)
Q de Kock    91* (100b 8x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-44-0
HM Amla    70* (80b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-14-0

30.1

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, he works this away to deep midwicket for a single

30.2

Jadeja to Amla, 2 runs, more shouts of catch it as Amla lofts the full delivery with an inside out shot, but it's well in the gap and they come back for a second

30.3

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, full delivery, another inside out drive, this time along the ground to wide long off

30.4

Jadeja to de Kock, no run, pushes this one back to the bowler

30.5

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, waits for it to turn in, then whips it away to fine leg for a single

30.6

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he waits in the crease and punches this one down to long off

The last time any pair of openers put on a 100-run stand in Durban was in 2002 when Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden scored 170. So this stand is a new record

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 171/0 (RR: 5.51)
HM Amla    74* (83b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-20-0
Q de Kock    93* (103b 8x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-44-0

Ishant Sharma is back for a second spell

Sam: "@Garvin, Saying deKock has a bright future because he scored two centuries against Indian toothless attack on SA pitches is like saying Mohit Sharma has a bright future because he bowled excellent in IPL..."

31.1

I Sharma to Amla, no run, length delivery on the pads and Amla flicks it in the air towards midwicket, he could have played it anywhere really

31.2

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, on the stumps and he nudges this behind square on the leg side

31.3

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, length delivery on off stump, no room on that and de Kock defends it to point

Zops: "Know how the saying goes, Cant judge a pitch before both teams have had a go at it? I am just hoping that its a flat pitch and Indian batsmen make merry on it, only bacause i dont know how to cope with the fact that the best bowling combination India could have fielded is faring worse than in the last match!"

31.4

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, bowls a slower one on the stumps and de Kock defends it to midwicket

31.5

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, oh some activity here in the middle! de Kock stood up and slapped a short of length delivery straight down the ground, Raina at mid-on dives to stop the ball, but both batsmen were thinking of a single. Amla though gets back before Raina's throws down the stumps at non-striker's end

31.6

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, he waits and opens the face to run this one down to third man for a single

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 173/0 (RR: 5.40)
Q de Kock    94* (107b 8x4)      I Sharma    5-0-29-0
HM Amla    75* (85b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-20-0

32.1

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, he clips this one off the pads to midwicket for an easy single

32.2

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he just stands tall and eases it to deep extra cover like he is swatting flies while lying on his bed.. what a player

32.3

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, gets an inside edge to the leg side as he looks to defends this one

32.4

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he comes forward and drives it down to long on for a single

32.5

Jadeja to de Kock, 2 runs, full delivery outside off and de Kock moves to 98 with a drive to the cow corner, some excellent use of wrists in that shot

32.6

Jadeja to de Kock, 1 run, this one is much straighter and pushed straight to long on

Niloy Roy: "Watching cricket over the last 2 years, the gap between the performances of visiting teams and home teams has been increasing..... washouts in ashes, India , australia, england just reaffirm this worying trend.. Wishing for some old competitive cricket that India played overseas with the Fab 5"

End of over 33 (7 runs) South Africa 180/0 (RR: 5.45)
Q de Kock    99* (111b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-27-0
HM Amla    77* (87b 7x4)      I Sharma    5-0-29-0

The crowd is getting behind De Kock, who is one away from his century.. It's Powerplay as well

33.1

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, he gets there with a dab to midwicket, and he gets to his third century in ODIs.. All have come in a month. The youngster has found his wheels.

Gary : "Another monster innings on the cards. irrespective of quality bowling you still have to hit the runs so hats off to young DK."

33.2

I Sharma to Amla, no run, he tests Amla with a quick short delivery, but Amla gets under it in time

33.3

I Sharma to Amla, 1 run, he waits in the crease and dabs the length delivery to the right of Dhoni for a quick single

Josh Strauss: "@Sam - You mean the toothless bowling attack of the number 1 ranked ODI team? You also mean the same Quinton de Kock that scored a century against Pakistan? So who do you propose he needs to score a century against before you will admit that he has a bright future?"

33.4

I Sharma to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery outside off and he wanted to thrash it to midwicket boundary, gets it on the toe of the bat though as he ends up playing it towards mid on

33.5

I Sharma to de Kock, 1 run, full delivery on the middle stump and this time he smashes it from its presence, but there is protection in the deep and the fielder from deep square leg runs around to cut it off

33.6

I Sharma to Amla, no run, another bouncer from Ishant and Amla goes for a pull, but makes no contact

Only two SA openers have hit back-to-back ODI hundreds before Kock today, Amla against Zim in 2010, and Gibbs hit three consecutive hundreds in 2002, against Bangla, India and Kenya

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 183/0 (RR: 5.38)
HM Amla    78* (90b 7x4)      I Sharma    6-0-32-0
Q de Kock    101* (114b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-27-0

Mohammad Shami comes back... Whatever happened to Umesh Yadav

34.1

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 bye, he comes round the wicket and beats the bat, but the ball dies on Dhoni and the batsmen run a bye

34.2

Mohammed Shami to Amla, FOUR, quick short delivery again at Amla, who goes for a hook shot, and gets a glove on it as this one runs down to the fine-leg boundary

34.3

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 1 leg bye, back of length and it comes in sharply to hit the thigh pad. Loud appeal for something

34.4

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, FOUR, he makes room and comes down the pitch too, and drives this one beautifully through extra cover for a boundary

34.5

Mohammed Shami to de Kock, 1 run, this time he stays in the crease, but gets cramped for room as this one comes in sharply, hits the thigh pad and rolls towards backward point

Loki: "@Josh Strauss, He'd need to score a century against SA,"

34.6

Mohammed Shami to Amla, no run, short and wide, Amla cracks this one off the back foot, but finds the man at point

This is now the second-highest opening partnership for SA in ODIs

End of over 35 (11 runs) South Africa 194/0 (RR: 5.54)
HM Amla    82* (93b 8x4)      Mohammed Shami    5-0-29-0
Q de Kock    106* (117b 9x4)      I Sharma    6-0-32-0

Ashwin is introduced now

35.1

Ashwin to de Kock, OUT, oh it ends in an anti-climactic fashion! It was a full delivery and he connected well with his sweep, but de Kock is disappointed as he hits it straight to the man at square leg. End of another effortless innings

Q de Kock c RG Sharma b Ashwin 106 (125m 118b 9x4 0x6) SR: 89.83

With 14 overs to go, here comes AB de Villiers up the order..

35.2

Ashwin to de Villiers, no run, flatter delivery on off, the batsman punches it back to the bowler

35.3

Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted outside off, AB steers it to deep point easily

35.4

Ashwin to Amla, no run, slow and with vicious turn in. Amla was rooted to the crease and didn't expect that, it bounced over the stumps after hitting the top of his pad

35.5

Ashwin to Amla, 1 run

35.6

Ashwin to de Villiers, 2 runs, and straightaway, AB gets on with it, with a reverse sweep past short third man for a couple

End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 198/1 (RR: 5.50)
AB de Villiers    3* (3b)      R Ashwin    9-0-48-1
HM Amla    83* (95b 8x4)      Mohammed Shami    5-0-29-0

36.1

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, slow and flat outside off, Amla punches it off the back foot to deep cover

36.2

Jadeja to de Villiers, OUT, oh some turn and AB is walking off straightaway! It was a typical left-arm spinner's delivery, coming in from round the wicket, and turning away. AB stretched forward to push it straight down the ground, but didn't account for the spin. Dhoni takes the bails off in a flash and AB has to go.

AB de Villiers st †Dhoni b Jadeja 3 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Big wicket for Indians, but South Africa have plenty for firepower. JP Duminy comes in now

36.3

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, and immediately he steps out of the crease to punch it to long on for a single. That brings 200 for South Africa

36.4

Jadeja to Amla, no run, he stays still and punches it back to the bowler

36.5

Jadeja to Amla, no run, makes some room, but Jadeja fires it full on the leg stump and Amla punches it back to the bowler

36.6

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, stays on the back foot and cuts the flatter delivery to deep point

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 201/2 (RR: 5.43)
HM Amla    85* (99b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-1
JP Duminy    1* (1b)      R Ashwin    9-0-48-1

Sam: "Umesh Yadav being saved for the last. He's either going to come out with a bang or be banged out of the park!"

Here is Umesh Yadav, to bowl his third over

37.1

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, bowls a short of length delivery that is easily steered down to third man by Amla

37.2

Yadav to Duminy, 1 run, short delivery on off stump and JP swats it to square leg fir a single

37.3

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, length delivery on off, Amla chooses to play it off the back foot and dabs it behind point for a single

Osama: "With Q de Kock's third century South Africa's batting line-up's averages go as such: Q de Kock - 42.37, Amla - 54.39, Kallis - 44.99, AB - 49.35, JP- 39.92. And then you have steyn philander and morkel. How do they still manage to lose as often as they do?"

37.4

Yadav to Duminy, 2 runs, fuller delivery, it's pushed straight to cover, who fires a throw at non-striker's end only to give away overthrows

37.5

Yadav to Duminy, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it straight to cover

Fahad Ali: "@Osama - by doing exactly what they did in the 3rd ODI against Pakistan. Loosing it all when it matters the most."

37.6

Yadav to Duminy, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, JP was looking for a pull but changed it at the last moment to drop it to the off side, they decide to take a quick single

Powerplay report card for SA - 27/2 - B-Minus

End of over 38 (6 runs) South Africa 207/2 (RR: 5.44)
JP Duminy    5* (5b)      UT Yadav    3-0-16-0
HM Amla    87* (101b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-1

38.1

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, he stays on the back foot and defends the length delivery

Leg slip in place. Jadeja asks Dhoni if he should move to over the wicket, but Dhoni says do what you are doing now

38.2

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, full delivery outside off and it's pushed straight to point

38.3

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, another full delivery on the stumps, JP runs hard for the first after hitting it to deep midwicket, but the fielder prevents the second

38.4

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he pushes this one to cover for a single

38.5

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, full delivery on off and JP drives it to long on for a single

38.6

Jadeja to Amla, no run, on the pads and Amla dabs it to midwicket

End of over 39 (3 runs) South Africa 210/2 (RR: 5.38)
HM Amla    88* (103b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-33-1
JP Duminy    7* (9b)      UT Yadav    3-0-16-0

39.1

Yadav to Duminy, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, JP stands tall and punches it to deep cover for a single

39.2

Yadav to Amla, 2 runs, short of length delivery wide outside off, Amla hops and cuts it through backward point, but the slowness in the outfield allows the third man fielder to cut it off

39.3

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, he waits in the crease and opens the face very late to guide the length delivery to third man

39.4

Yadav to Duminy, no run, bowls a yorker wide outside off that is blocked straight to point

39.5

Yadav to Duminy, 1 run, back of length and on the pads, it's clipped away to fine leg for a single

39.6

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, he shuffles across the crease to whip a length delivery on middle stump to fine leg for a single

fahiem: "@Osama. they don't lose alot,they only lose when it matters most."

End of over 40 (6 runs) South Africa 216/2 (RR: 5.40)
HM Amla    92* (106b 8x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-22-0
JP Duminy    9* (12b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-33-1

40.1

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and punches it to long off for a single

40.2

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and drives this one to long on for a single

40.3

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, now Amla steps out of the crease and manoeuvres the full delivery to deep midwicket

40.4

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, short and with some room outside off but JP misses out as he cuts it straight to point

40.5

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, quicker delivery on the middle and JP wanted to turn it to the leg side, but ends up pushing it back to the bowler

40.6

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, he stays in the crease and clips a flatter delivery to deep square leg for a single

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 219/2 (RR: 5.34)
JP Duminy    10* (16b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-36-1
HM Amla    94* (108b 8x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-22-0

41.1

Yadav to Amla, no run, full delivery on off and Amla drives it on the up, but straight to the man at mid-off

41.2

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, he dabs the length delivery towards mid-off with soft hands and calls for a quick single

Noel: "At this moment Amla on the crease is better for Indians then getting his wicket. He is not a big hitter of the ball, nearing his hundred and may be tired as well. Indian may still keep the score well below 300!!!!"

41.3

Yadav to Duminy, no run, short delivery from Umesh, JP has plenty of time to get under that one

41.4

Yadav to Duminy, 1 run, he stays in the crease and guides the back of length delivery outside off to third man for a single

41.5

Yadav to Amla, no run, tries to punch it on the up towards cover, but he gets an inside edge to midwicket

Abdaal: "It is not even chasing time, why are Saffers choking here? "

41.6

Yadav to Amla, 1 run, he shuffles across and pushes one to mid-on off the inside half of the bat for another quick single

End of over 42 (3 runs) South Africa 222/2 (RR: 5.28)
HM Amla    96* (112b 8x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-25-0
JP Duminy    11* (18b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-36-1

42.1

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, full, flighted and a touch slow too, Amla moves on to 97 with a flick to deep midwicket

42.2

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, this one was turning down the leg side, but JP gets some bat on that to pick up a quick single to short fine leg

42.3

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he stands tall and punches it to deep point for a single

42.4

Jadeja to Duminy, FOUR, wow, how did that make it so quickly to the boundary! He stands tall and just punches it past the cover fielder and the ball just keeps runnings away

42.5

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, he comes forward and dabs it to the left of midwicket for a single

Jessee: "Noel has clearly never seen Amla play before ...."

42.6

Jadeja to Amla, 1 run, he waits in the crease, then chops it to deep point for a single

End of over 43 (9 runs) South Africa 231/2 (RR: 5.37)
HM Amla    99* (115b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-45-1
JP Duminy    17* (21b 1x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-25-0

Shami comes back for another spell

43.1

Mohammed Shami to Amla, 1 run, and the machine gets to his 12th century in ODIs with an easy dab to backward point. He has hardly looked in any trouble

This was only the second time both SA openers have hit hundreds in the same ODI, the last time was also against India, at Kochi in 2000

43.2

Mohammed Shami to Duminy, 1 run, back of length on the pads and JP whips it to deep midwicket for a single

43.3

Mohammed Shami to Amla, OUT, oh another wicket from nowhere from India! Just like de Kock was dismissed against the run of play, now Amla get a feather to this slower bouncer en route to the gloves of Dhoni. He was looking to slap it through off, but the extra tennis-ball type bounce probably messed up with the timing of his bat swing..

HM Amla c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 100 (160m 117b 8x4 0x6) SR: 85.47

David Miller comes in.

43.4

Mohammed Shami to Miller, no run, he gets a big leading edge off the first delivery as he tries to work it away to the leg side, it goes along the ground to cover

Raj: "Noel was right then......."

43.5

Mohammed Shami to Miller, 1 wide, another short delivery, but this one is way down the leg side

43.5

Mohammed Shami to Miller, no run, length delivery on off stump and Miller has to come forward and defend

KC: "What a come back from India! Picking up 3 wickets and restricting SA reasonably well in the last hour or so. Just finish it off well boys and then bat sensibly!..."

43.6

Mohammed Shami to Miller, OUT, another wicket! This one goes to the bowler! It was a fuller length delivery and heading for the middle stump, Miller plays for the angle, but it just comes in a touch. Hang on, there is a tiny inside edge on that, so Miller is unfortunate on that one, but it looked out to the naked eye

DA Miller lbw b Mohammed Shami 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 44 (3 runs) South Africa 234/4 (RR: 5.31)
     Mohammed Shami    6-0-32-2
JP Duminy    18* (22b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-45-1

44.1

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 wide, a lot of turn and some extra bounce on this one, but it spins down the leg side

44.1

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, he comes down the pitch but yorks himself and has to jam this back to the bowler

44.2

Jadeja to Duminy, no run, slower this time from Jadeja and JP can only push it back to the bowler

44.3

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, on the pads and slower, JP turns it away to backward square leg for a single

44.4

Jadeja to Kallis, 1 run, he takes his first runs with a neat push to deep cover for a single

44.5

Jadeja to Duminy, 1 run, again skips out of the crease to push the full delivery to long on

44.6

Jadeja to Kallis, no run, flatter and quicker on the middle stump, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler

Excellent spell by Jadeja comes to an end.

End of over 45 (4 runs) South Africa 238/4 (RR: 5.28)
JH Kallis    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-49-1
JP Duminy    20* (26b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    6-0-32-2

45.1

Mohammed Shami to Duminy, 1 run, back of length delivery on the stumps, JP has no room and he pushes it to mid-on for a quick single

Ehsan: "What a come back by India! If target is below 270, there will be a psychological edge for India and they will have more chances to win the match having quality batsmen.........!"

45.2

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, 1 wide, short delivery again, the batsman sways out of the line straightaway, but that's called a wide for height a bit harshly

45.2

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, no run, back of length and coming in a touch, Kallish dabs it to point

45.3

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, no run, full delivery on off stump and Kallis drives it firmly, but is not able to beat the man at mid-off

45.4

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, no run, a slower offcutter on the middle stump line, this cuts in and hits Kallis on his inner thighs as he looks to smash it over midwicket

45.5

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, 1 run, oh wow! Kallis gets only one for this one-the-up drive over the infield, but that just shows the class, the deep point cuts it off

45.6

Mohammed Shami to Duminy, FOUR, fuller delivery on off, JP drives it down the ground with enough timing to beat the diving mid-off fielder

End of over 46 (7 runs) South Africa 245/4 (RR: 5.32)
JP Duminy    25* (28b 2x4)      Mohammed Shami    7-0-39-2
JH Kallis    2* (6b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-49-1

46.1

I Sharma to Kallis, 2 runs, length delivery on the stumps and it's in Kallis' arc, he swings it high and over the infield, but it goes high rather than long. The mid-on fielder runs backwards and retrieves it

46.2

I Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, a yorker from Ishant Sharma! Kallis blocks it out towards the bowler, who gets a hand to it as the ball rolls past the umpire

46.3

I Sharma to Duminy, 1 run, OUT, short of length delivery outside off, Duminy has to wait a touch extra because it comes slow off the pitch. He then slaps it to deep midwicket and calls for a second. But he was stuggling to make it back, he dives, but is not able to beat the throw at the striker's end

JP Duminy run out 26 (45m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 89.65

Ron Jeremy: "Not an easy pitch to bat on, De Kock and Amla made it look easier than it is. Already a good score." --- I agree. The ball has not been coming on to the bat

46.4

I Sharma to McLaren, 1 run

46.5

I Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, another yorker on the middle stump, and Kallis can only dig it out to long on for a single

Jay: "Frankly...i think Miller hasnt done justice to his hype...it s been a real while since we saw him perform his role as the power hitter....a big let down this year.."

46.6

I Sharma to McLaren, no run, he beats the bat with a length delivery outside off as McLaren tries to blast it through covers

End of over 47 (6 runs) South Africa 251/5 (RR: 5.34)
R McLaren    1* (2b)      I Sharma    7-0-38-0
JH Kallis    6* (9b)      Mohammed Shami    7-0-39-2

47.1

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, no run, another quick delivery hits Kallis' thigh as he tries to swing it out of the ground

47.2

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and Kallis drives it firmly, but straight to mid off

47.3

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, FOUR, attempts a yorker but it ends up being a low full toss that is whipped away over midwicket, he got it off the toe of his bat, but it had enough to beat the two fielders converging on it

47.4

Mohammed Shami to Kallis, OUT, It's timbaa!It was full and fast, not quite a yorker, but a full length delivery. It tails in just a touch to creep under Kallis' swing towards the leg side and takes out the leg stump

JH Kallis b Mohammed Shami 10 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Philander is the new man, only seven balls remain

47.5

Mohammed Shami to Philander, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, Philander drives it down the ground to long on for a single

DM: "I think, this is the advantage of sticking to the plan of batting second. Amla & de Kock may have made the pitch look easier, but SA were looking to score too quick, and go for too many runs. Team batting second will know exactly how much to score and, will not look to play too many shots which may lead to the downfall on these pitches. #Comeback"

47.6

Mohammed Shami to McLaren, FOUR, short delivery and that made a nice cracking sound when it met with McLaren's bat. He was quick on the pull and slaps it over square leg for a boundary

End of over 48 (9 runs) South Africa 260/6 (RR: 5.41)
R McLaren    5* (3b 1x4)      Mohammed Shami    8-0-48-3
VD Philander    1* (1b)      I Sharma    7-0-38-0

Fifty have come in the last 9 overs. One more to go

48.1

Yadav to Philander, 1 run, bowls a slower delivery outside off that is dragged to deep midwicket by Philander

48.2

Yadav to McLaren, SIX, whoa! Length deilvery on the pads and McLaren swings it over square leg with awesome power! Lands in the same stands where once Yuvraj Singh hit Brett Lee during a T20 semi-final

48.3

Yadav to McLaren, 1 run, high full toss wide outside off and McLaren slices it over the infield to pick up a single

48.4

Yadav to Philander, FOUR, lucky runs, but Philander won't mind! He was making room and gets a bottom edge past the keeper for a boundary

48.5

Yadav to Philander, FOUR, he gives it a big swing, and gets a thick inside edge that beats the deep backward square leg fielder

48.6

Yadav to Philander, FOUR, length delivery wide outside off, there is not edge on this one, it's off the middle and over mid-off for a one bounce four

Twenty runs off that last over have lifted South Africa to a good 280 on a sluggish pitch. Good work by the Indian bowlers, led by an economical spell from Ravindra Jadeja, who got some purchase from this pitch and dismissed the dangerous AB de Villiers. But the innings was set up by another strong performance from the South African openers, both reaching their respective centuries. South Africa would have wanted much more after that 194-run opening stand. Back for the second innings in a bit.

Highest target successfully chased at Durban 268; in day matches - 249

GermanPlayer: "McLaren has impressed me a great deal. He has been constantly chipping in with 2-3 wickets every game. He is the third highest wicket taker this year. He has also constantly been scoring little cameos with the bat. However he goes unnoticed because he doesn't have the X-Factor. I think he is a better option than Miller, at least he reliably scored."

Ben G: "Choke on that! India won't come close to 281 on this pitch vs this attack and SA will put another trophy in the cupboard"

Harshal: "Poor over from Yadav at the end. May even get him dropped, which would be unfortunate. Only bowled 2 overs upfront before being changed for no real reason. Bowled his remaining overs at the death, and leaking a couple unlucky boundaries in the final over."

Nic: "The discussion of which all-rounders to include or exclude in SA's plans seems to overlook the fact that it is Kallis who should be dropped. Batters are scoring liberally off him and he has made a series of scratchy low scores at less than a run a ball. Time for the great man to go gracefully."

Bez: "The ease with which Amla and de Kock batted is deceiving. This pitch is difficult to score on - the ball is "sticking" as it pitches and not coming onto the bat, and there's just enough sideways movement to make things uncomfortable. 281 is actually a very stiff target, particularly considering the pitch slowed down noticeably as the innings progressed. Dhoni's bottom-hand technique can be destructive on this type of pitch, though - SA will know that if they can remove him and Kohli without too much damage, the game is likely in the bag."

End of over 49 (20 runs) South Africa 280/6
VD Philander    14* (5b 3x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-45-0
R McLaren    12* (5b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammed Shami    8-0-48-3
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Ravindra Jadeja looks to loft one over the infield, South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Durban, December 8, 2013

Ravindra Jadeja looks to loft one over the infield

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Suresh Raina drives through the off side

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